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Identity and Journey to Orthodoxy

TO BE BLACK AND ORTHODOX: PART OF MY STORY

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By John Gresham I have a friend who is considering becoming an Orthodox Christian.  She is African-American and is concerned that by joining the Orthodox Church that she would be turning her back on black culture.  While she likes everything about the ancient faith, she notices the lack of Negro spirituals and the preaching style of the church we grew ... Read More »

Reflections of an Orthodox Pilgrim

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By Fr Brendan Pelphery Converts to Orthodoxy are frequently asked why we became Orthodox. Since my wife and I were chrismated in 1995 we have answered this question hundreds of times, but often it is difficult to know exactly what to say. It is not that our story changes each time, but that the reason for asking can be different ... Read More »

‘Strangers are friends you have yet to meet’

By Open Producer Susan Rooney-Harding, Open Producer from Riverland SA Thu 06 Jan 2011 I met Father Dimitrios when I was doing a ‘Now and Then’ workshop with Poppy, a Greek Community member, and thought that it would be great time to start ‘A Stranger a Day’ project. Father Dimitrios struck me as a kind and gentle man. As we ... Read More »

How an Atheist Cancer Patient Came to Believe in God

By Antonios Tenedios (Skalohori, Mytilini, Greece) Quite a few years ago the following real-life story took place. This story was told to me by my good friend, Fr. Demetrius, the parish priest of the St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church located at Sahtouri Street, Piraeus, Athens, Greece. I present this story to you just as it was narrated to me by ... Read More »

How A Hindu From Fiji Became an Orthodox Priest

By Fr. Barnabas Nair Greetings to all my beloved Orthodox Christians. I am Fr. Barnabas from Labasa, the second largest island in Fiji. I am taking the opportunity to convey to you how I found the truth in the Orthodox Church. When I first met His Eminence Mr. Amphilochios on my island Vanua Levu in the city of Savusavu it ... Read More »

FORMER TALIBAN FROM AFGHANISTAN BAPTIZED AT MOUNT ATHOS

SOURCE: The Weblog Of John Sanidopoulos Ahmed was born and raised in a village in Afghanistan in the middle of war. His childhood memories are dust, poverty, and compulsory Islamic education in the sacred writings and war. “I do not remember anymore who fought whom, however there was constant warfare.” For years he worked for the Taliban doing various things. ... Read More »

Elder Ieronymos of Aegina and the Good Turkish Judge

Father Ieronymos the Cappadocian, the renowned Elder of the isle of Aegina in Greece, was an exceedingly compassionate healer of souls, a clairvoyant Spiritual Father who saw the secret thoughts hidden in the heart, and a man of unceasing prayer who attained to the heights of the vision of God. Those who knew him exclaimed that they had met another ... Read More »

WHO ARE ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS?

By Father Brendan Pelphrey, PhD The Orthodox Church is the original Christian church on Earth. It has existed since the Day of Pentecost, described in Acts Ch. 2 in the Bible. Through the centuries the Orthodox way of worship, and the Orthodox faith, have not changed. The Orthodox Christian faith is Biblical faith. The New Testament was written by the ... Read More »